Mind Your Business

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Do you get irritated when someone interrogates you about your personal life for no reason. Where are you going? Why are you going there? Are you still dating that lady? Why is your hair like that? What have you been doing? Why do you have only two kids? Do you plan to go to school? Why did you stop going to school? Hey… why are you so curious? Who are you? Is it your business? What is your motive?

Those who are close to me already know what goes on in my life, they don’t need to ask some questions, I respond through our conversations. Now those who are not as close tend to be nosy, we meet in town after two years and one wants to know everything about my past present and future, not to pray for me, not to rikindle our friendship, not to help in any way. Just to collect information and pass it on. God has given me wisdom to manuvour such people even on social media, but at times my heart screams “MIND YOUR BUSINESS”

So what did Paul mean by admonishing us to mind our business? I thought we should check on each other and talk and make sure we are loving our neighbours, saying hi to people and interrogating them and checking on our friends and neighbors! How then can we mind our business? Isn’t that the opposite of being our brother’s keepers? But wait let’s read the scripture..

1 Thessalonians 4: 11-12 “…and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.”

The verse needs to be read in context, and the whole package understood. Paul says that your ambition should be to lead a quiet life, this does not mean changing your personality and going mute on everyone. It means being humble, being respectful, avoiding unnecessary drama around you. Mind your business, your ambition should be making sure you are fulfilling your spiritual goals, reading the word of God, loving and praying for those around you and minding your kingdom business; your calling.

We shouldn’t be nosy, sometimes we just follow and comment for wrong reasons. We then get jealous and feel unlucky. Oh, and meddling can also lead us into trouble, break relationships and make us waste time on things that don’t help us at all.

In short, minding your own business is putting all your heart in God’s business. In His agenda for you. This way, you will get into peoples business with the right motive, to pray with them and care for them. Not for gossip and to meddle on issues that don’t matter to you.

Minding your business also means being grateful for who you are and what you have. When we get involved so much into how others are doing, we tend to count their blessings instead of ours, and become bitter with our own lives. Mind your blessings, focus on the many good things happening in your life. It will suprise you what the Lord has done!

This week, I pray that God not only teaches us to mind our business, but also to lead quiet lives and work with our hands.

~Selah

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